Pure, fresh-faced, charming, and infused with a healthy dose of fiery temperaments in supporting characters, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, performed by the world-famous Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra gloriously opens Cal Performances’ 2015–2016 dance season.
The West Coast premiere of a classical tale, commissioned by the Mariinsky more than a decade ago, brings to Berkeley audiences a Cinderella they might find surprising, deviating from the tradition, and boasting new bold elements of style, but nonetheless beautiful, heartfelt, and technically incomparable.
Presenting this masterpiece from one of the world’s most remarkable choreographers, the highly talented ballet dancers of legendary Russian ballet continue in the vein of centuries-old tradition of strict discipline and impeccable skill and grace, overarching every musical phrase in Sergei Prokofiev’s stirring score, every turn of the plot in Charles Perrault’s magical fairy tale.
The title part is danced by the Mariinsky’s principal dancers Diana Veshneva, Nadezhda Batoeva (the remaining performance tomorrow, Sunday, October 4 at 3 p.m.), Anastasia Matvienko, and Kristina Shapran.Konstantin Zverev, Vladimir Shklyarov (10/4), and Filipp Stepin dance the Prince.
The electric high-voltage Stepmother is performed by Anastasia Petushkova (10/4) and Sofia Gumerova.
In the role of Khudishka (thin stepsister) Margarita Frolova (10/4) and Ekaterina Chebykina.
In the role of Kubishka (thick stepsister) Yekaterina Ivannikova, Sofia Skoblikova (10/4), and Anna Tolmacheva.
Fairy-Tramp is performed by Elena Bazhenova (10/4) and Lubov Kozharskaya.
The rest of the amazingly talented cast performs Cinderella’s Father, the Four Seasons, Dance Teachers, Hairdressers, Female Dancers and Male Dancers as well as the entire ball scene that paints the stage red.
Gavriel Heine conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra for the spectacular show with the 1930s style set design by Ilya Utkin and Yevgeny Monakhov, and costume design by Elena Markovskaya.The only remailing performance takes place Sunday, October 4, at 3:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, Berkeley, California.
Tickets for the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra’s Cinderella in Zellerbach Hall range from $45.00 to $175.00 and are subject to change. Half-price tickets are available for UC Berkeley students. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall, at (510) 642-9988, at www.calperformances.org, and at the door. For more information about discounts, go to http://calperformances.org/buy/discounts.php.
Images: Vladimir Baranovsky.